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Thanksgiving Holiday Pay

Date: November 19, 2021

Our Contract provides that Flight Attendants receive additional pay for flight assignments flown on designated holidays as outlined in Section 2.Q. in our Contract.  

Flight Attendants based in the United States and Guam who fly on Thanksgiving Day will be paid holiday pay as set forth in Section 4.I.

Holiday Pay is calculated using a formula that considers the number of credited hours flown during the holiday pairing and the time away from home during the holiday pairing.  A Flight Attendant’s hours away from home begins at the pairing check-in time and ends at the conclusion of the scheduled debriefing time upon return to the home domicile. 

In an effort to assist you with understanding how to calculate holiday pay, please review the following examples shown in a previous AFA publication.

Additionally, when a birthday holiday falls on any other holiday, a Flight Attendant will receive pay for both holidays with pay calculated in the same manner for each of the holidays.

Additionally, Flight Attendants, Lineholder or Reserve, who report for duty on a holiday and whose trip scheduled pairing is subsequently affected by one of the following events will receive holiday pay based on the following stipulations.

Trip Cancels with no Reassignment:

  • A Lineholder or Reserve, who reported for duty on a designated holiday and whose trip cancels and where no reassignment is made involving that day, will receive holiday pay based on the number of hours from report to release (minimum of 2 hours).   This equates to double time pay for the time on duty.   Since there is no flight time to generate an automatic pay file, a Flight Attendant must submit a pay claim to the company via Help Hub for this holiday pay and any additional pay factors pertinent to the activity of the duty period.

En Route (Mid-Sequence) Sick Leave:

  • In the event of a Flight Attendant becomes ill mid-sequence of a holiday trip, they will have their holiday pay calculated on whichever is less between the scheduled time away on the holiday or the actual time away on the holiday.

Deadhead Deviation:

  • If a Flight Attendant is authorized to deviate or deadhead home early, holiday pay is the lesser of the scheduled or actual time away from home (TMA) and hours away on the holiday.

Drafting from a Pairing with Time on a Holiday: 

  • A Flight Attendant who is drafted from a pairing which includes time on a holiday to a pairing that does not include holiday pay, will be pay protected for the scheduled time on the holiday of the original pairing.  The scheduled holiday pay must be converted to its flight hour equivalent and added to the flight hour value of the pairing in which it occurs. This total flight hour value must be compared with the value of the drafting pairing and the Flight Attendant is paid the greater of the two values.

Please refer to the following resources for more information regarding Holiday Pay:

Understanding Holiday Pay

Understanding Holiday Pay (Section 4.I.)

Reserve Survival Guide page 92

Holiday Pay Parameters

Holiday Pay (including Birthday Holiday) Parameters Should Your Trip Cancel

How does Deadhead Deviation Impact Holiday Pay?

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